The Gospel of the Sunday of the Man Born Blind bears a number of interesting parallels with the conversion, life and ministry of the holy Apostle Paul. The sermon today explores these, particularly in light of sacred mission of the Church, and its call to ministry.
The Feast of Palm Sunday, recalling the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, was typified in the restoration of Jerusalem, and the Temple, by the faith of the Maccabean brothers two centuries earlier. Their exploits help us to understand why spiritual zeal and uncompromising faithfulness to the Covenant is the Lord’s mandate to the Church today as well.
Sports serve as a great example of how dedication and discipline, even at an early age, if applied consistently an wisely, can enable children to develop talents, gifts an aptitudes. If the spiritual gifts lie in the soul are to be used effectively, how can we develop these for use in the Church and for our spiritual fulfillment of God’s will in our lives? […]
The Feast of Pentecost is the Church’s commemoration of the sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostolic Church. But how do we identify these gifts - and then engage these gifts in our personal lives? The saints are the people who so received these gifts and put them to use to the glory of God.
The occasion of a baptism in Church on the sixth Paschal Sunday (The Man Born Blind), allows us to see the elements of the Baptismal rite of the Church and how we are to live and mature as Christians in obedience to Christ.
The invisible, mysterious angelic hosts not only reveal to us the spiritual nature of existence, but are active in our lives as intercessors and sacred messengers of God’s truth in a fallen world and our personal lives.
Parents face many challenges today in our secular society as their children grow up - moving from the security of home, to school, to special events like Church camp, etc. Parents are challenged to trust God and see their children as His own. In trusting Him, an atmosphere of trust can be fostered that will bring confidence to the child and manifest the bl […]
The Church calendar rarely has sequential readings but such is not the case of the passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel where Peter walks on the water. To understand the fuller context of this miracle, it’s helpful to review the previous week’s Gospel - the Feeding of the Five Thousand. And by seeing what’s in common between the two, we can detect a trend whi […]
Our Orthodox Divine Liturgy. contains the fundamental elements of the Miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand in St. Matthew’s Gospel. The gathering of the believers, the teaching and healing of Christ, the ‘dismissal’, the prayers of Thanksiving, the Miracle, the Distribution and the gathering of the fragments are all elements of the weekly liturgical […]
The occasion of Christ’s healing of the young servant of the Roman centurion poses the question for us - how did this man come to trust in Christ’s authority and ability to heal this servant. The story of the conversion of the centurion Cornelius in Acts 10 may hold some clues as to how he came to believe and trust in Christ, and how we might as well.
The occasion of Holy Baptism, the celebration of Mid-Pentecost, and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman serve as a confluence of spiritual streams on the grace of God through our Encounter with Christ, the Teaching which illumines, and the Holy Spirit which sanctifies us.
The lives of the saints of Africa inspire us to holy Christian living. This third presentation in the series on African Christianity (March 2015) gives us examples of how the Holy Martyrs Perpetua and Felicity, the saintly hierarch Athanasius the Great, and the holy monks St. Moses the Black, and St. Tekla Haymanut, leading very different lives in differen […]
Dr. Bill Black presents the first of a series sponsored by St. Nicholas parish on the History of African Christianity. This session, held on UVA grounds in conjunction with Black History month. February 2015
The reading of Genesis 1 during the first week of Great Lent offers us a glimpse of what God had intended for humankind. The spiritual life leading to Communion with God is our realization and fulfillment of His restorative love.